Telstra rolls out LTE base stations

 

Four-city testbed.

View larger image View larger image View larger image

See all pictures here »

Telstra has "switched on" Long Term Evolution (LTE) boxes in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane in an apparent bid to prove the technology's compatibility with its existing network.

The telco said "4G data" had been sent over the network "for the first time outside of field trials". iTnews was seeking further information on the nature of the tests.

Although the LTE boxes were technically operational, customers wouldn't be able to take advantage of the speeds or capacity until end-user devices were commercially available.

The Australian reported today that the carrier was using a "handful" of Sierra Wireless modems to run tests.

The report also stated that further LTE equipment would be turned on in Tasmania and Canberra "in the coming months".

Telstra announced its move to LTE in February. Commercial availability of services was slated for the end of the year.

Network equipment vendor Ericsson will supply its new RBS 6000 base stations and upgrade Telstra's packet core network with its Evolved Packet Core product to support Telstra's LTE radio network.

Copyright © iTnews.com.au . All rights reserved.


 
 
 
Top Stories
NSW to build its own myGov
Service NSW digital profiles available by September.
 
Android bug leaves a billion phones open to attack
Hackers only need phone number to target devices.
 
Australia's leaders agree to end GST-free online goods
Gerry Harvey may finally get his way.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
Should law enforcement be able to buy and use exploits?



   |   View results
Yes
  13%
 
No
  51%
 
Only in special circumstances
  17%
 
Yes, but with more transparency
  19%
TOTAL VOTES: 712

Vote